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The Northern Stars have named Maia Wilson captain and overhauled their squad in a bid to claim the 2021 ANZ Premiership.

What to expect for 2021?

A huge list turnover at the Stars, with six new faces after a season where the side finished fourth.

With the list change, expect early season losses as the new teammates gel and find chemistry. 

Maia Wilson has been named captain of the side for the upcoming season, with the change of leadership leading to a change of fortunes for the mid-tier team.

New signings Gina Crampton and Anna Harrison will join WIlson in the leadership group for their new side.

The Stars made the Grand Final in 2019, and will be hoping to return to those heights in 2021.

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Biggest Factor for success

The newly built leadership group at the Stars will be expected to take control of the side early in the season and ensure it doesn’t take the team a few games to find chemistry.

A couple of early season losses may make it hard for the side to come back and contend for the Premiership, especially after a massive list turnover going into the season.

Anna Harrison came out of retirement and will provide the Stars with a great mentor, whilst Wilson has been instrumental in the side’s previous success. 

Northern Stars

Last year: Fourth

Off-season player movements

In: Amorangi Malesala, Anna Harrison, Elle Temu, Gina Crampton, Monica Falkner, Oceane Maihi

Out: Kate Burley, Fa’amu Ioane, Grace Kara, Julianna Naoupu, Storm Purvis, Daystar Swift

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